The Clinical Consultative Committee

In November 2016, PALCARE constituted a Clinical Consultative Committee (CCC) comprising of experienced and reputed medical professionals in palliative care, to develop robust, evidence based, clinical guidelines in palliative care for a multidisciplinary team, which are relevant for the care of patients in a home setting in India. The CCC comprises a cohort of experienced medical personnel in palliative care who have a profound understanding of palliative care services in the Indian context.
Dr. R Akhileswaran

Dr. R Akhileswaran
Senior Consultant
Specialist in Palliative Medicine
Dept. of Geriatric Medicine
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore

Dr. R Akhileswaran chairs the Committee and is a specialist in Palliative Medicine and Radiation Oncology. He has trained and worked in both specialties in the US, UK, France and India. He is currently working full time as a palliative care specialist in Singapore. He has also spoken in International conferences across the globe and published his work in accredited medical journals and books. He is actively involved in training doctors, nurses and psychosocial staff in graduate and post-graduate studies in Singapore. Apart from that he has also led “Train the Trainers” programmes in Indonesia and Myanmar. He was the Chairman of Singapore Hospice Council, the umbrella body for all hospice and palliative care organisations in Singapore for two terms from 2011-2015.

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Dr. Jenifer Jeba S

Dr. Jenifer Jeba. S
Professor and Ag Head
Professor (Palliative Medicine)
Christian Medical College,

Dr. Jenifer Jeba S, is Professor in Palliative Medicine, Department of Medical Oncology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore. She completed her post-graduation in Radiation Oncology and the Dip Pal Med and MSc Pal Med from Cardiff University, UK, for which she was awarded the “Dame Cicely Saunders Medal”. Prior, in 2006, she received the Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue her MSc degree in Palliative Medicine. Her years of service in Palliative Medicine specialty encompasses several facets of palliative care including assessing the palliative care needs of advanced cancer patients for pain and symptom management, psychosocial care and end-of-life care; referring patients for palliative care interventions/palliative chemotherapy and radiotherapy; communicating with patients and families on diagnosis, prognosis and goals of care and providing consultation for patients from other medical and surgical departments for palliative care needs. Her international exposure has instilled an appreciation for the role of cultural differences within the practice of palliative care.

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Seema Rao

Dr. Seema Rao
Senior Consultant
Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care
Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal
Full-time Faculty and Consultant
Palliative Care Training Program for Cancer Treatment Centers in India

Dr. Seema Rao completed her postgraduate studies in Psychiatry in the year 2001 from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. Her work in the field of mental health involved working with the vulnerable and abandoned – the destitute elderly, those with dementia, and chronic mental illnesses in Mumbai. She completed the ‘National Fellowship in Palliative Medicine’ in 2013 and joined Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai as a Senior Research Fellow in the Geriatric Palliative Care Project. During her tenure of six years at Tata Memorial Hospital she was responsible for the clinical and administrative functioning of the 13-bedded inpatient respite palliative care facility. Dr. Rao completed her Masters in Palliative Medicine with distinction from Cardiff University, United Kingdom in January 2019. She is currently working as a Senior Consultant in the ‘Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care’ at Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal. She is also an Honorary Tutor at School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK.

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Ms. Anu Savio Thelly

Sr. Anu Savio Thelly
Nurse Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Sr. Anu Savio Thelly has specialized in both Palliative and Alternative Medicine. She acquired her MSc in Nursing from the Narayana Hrudayalaya College of Nursing in Bengaluru. Ms. Thelly has trained at the Institute of Palliative Medicine, Calicut, Kerala, and has been a Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care for three years at the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College Institute in Pondicherry. In 2014, Ms. Thelly received a Third Prize for the “No Pain for Children – Pediatric Palliative Care Excellence Award” in Rome, Italy, and has received a number of bursary awards to attend various international palliative care conferences. Ms. Thelly has been working to develop trained groups of people in different parts of selected areas which include schools, colleges, community settings, hospitals, etc, in Pondicherry so that these individuals can then go on to volunteer in Palliative Care activities in hospital, hospice and community settings.

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